Burning Ordinance No. 2005-6
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things have changed; one of these changes is in
the composition of household garbage. Many
commodities previously purchased in paper and
glass containers are now packaged in plastic.
toxic pollutants such as Benzene Compounds,
Dioxins (which have been linked to cancer) and
Acid Gases are released. Smoke from burning
trash can travel a long distance and can trigger
public health, safety and welfare for the
citizens of Spencer County due to the air
pollution and fire hazards of outdoor burning
and burning trash.
can I Burn?
burned. The ordinance states that "clean
wood" means natural wood which has not
been painted, varnished or coated with similar
material, has not been pressure treated with
preservatives and does not contain resins or
glues as in plywood
or other composite wood products.
trash burning violations should be reported to
Spencer County Dispatch (812) 649-2286 or
Burning violations may be reported
officer will be dispatched to investigate
will supply Solid Waste Management District
(SWMD) with a written case report.
will mail the violator a letter with
violation is a written warning.
and subsequent violations will result in a
violations (including the first) of burning
noxious and/or hazardous materials such as
roofing material, tires, etc. will result in a
What can I
do with all of my trash?
Buy products in containers made from glass,
metal, or # 1 and #2 plastic bottles that can be
recycled. Avoid products that have excessive
County Drop-Off Centers
There are seven (7) county centers that
accept trash bags and recyclables. Many
household items are accepted free. Each 35-44
gallon trash bag requires a $1.00 yellow tag;
bags larger than 44 gallons require two (2)
$1.00 yellow tags.
Aluminum/steel cans; glass bottles and jars;
newspaper; magazines and catalogs; junk mail and
office paper; cardboard; batteries; motor oil,
oil filters and antifreeze; #1and #2 plastic
bottles and jugs; plastic shopping bags; mercury
Leaves, grass clippings, fruit and vegetable
scraps, and other organic wastes. The district
office has information readily available on
residential trash service. Residents may contact the
Solid Waste Management District for names
of haulers that are registered with Spencer
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